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LEBANON, OH. - Just A Passenger (Chris Page) was crowned harness racing champion of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Tuesday (March 10) at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Quick N Balanced (Trace Tetrick) and Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.1. The winning 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo endured a first-over journey pressuring front stepper Feel Invincible AS (Dan Noble) through the middle half mile before finally clearing past the three-quarters and sailing to a comfortable three length victory. The triumph in the $25,000 event was the sixth of Just A Passenger's career, but fourth of 2020 for the Burke Brigade. A $25,000 Open Handicap Trot was also contested with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) continuing his domination of the weekly feature. Following a week off, the recent Australian import extended his win streak to four despite starting from an assigned difficult No. 9 post position. Racing fourth most of the mile, the 3-5 favorite swung three-wide around the final bend and scored handily in 1:52.4. Party At The Banks (Page) followed the winning 6-year-old gelding throughout but couldn't collar him in the stretch. No Whip Chip (Noble) made a first-over bid during the third stanza but had to settle for third in the end. Junior Haynes trains Majestic Player A for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Fans were treated to an endurance test and a dash on Tuesday as well. In the 1-1/4 mile race for mid-range condition pacers it was Manny (Noble) getting up in the final 50 yards to beat Dont Say Goodby (Tetrick) and Anoche (Kauffman) in 2:25.3. Trainer Peter Redder and partner Wilfong Racing own the 7-year-old son of American Ideal who now has 22 wins in 140 career efforts. The 5/8ths mile dash for $8000 claimers produced a major upset when That's Some Plan (Kauffman) held off New Patrol (Shawn Barker II) and Khan Blue Chip (Page) in 1:09.4. The 9-year-old Somebeachsomewhere son paid $43.80 for his first win in five 2020 tries. Dennis Putnam trains the dash victor for the Paradise Racing Stable. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - If there's a hotter harness racing horse than Windsong Leo in North America thus far this season he would be hard to find! He captured his sixth Open Handicap Pace victory of 2020 on Saturday night (March 7) at Miami Valley Raceway, all from assigned outside post positions. His latest coup undoubtedly will move him up from his eighth place slot among the sport's richest horses in the current year. In his latest score, driver Chris Page urged the Ron Burke trainee, Windsong Leo, right past an open two hole while parked out all the way around the first turn. Once the tandem reached the first quarter beam in :27, they kept rolling through middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:22.3 before sealing the deal in 1:50. General Dolan (Brett Miller), who owns the quickest mile of the season-a 1:49.3 tally in last week's Open, shadowed the winner throughout and made it interesting in the stretch before settling for second. Ultra-consistent My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) rallied to secure the show spot. Ana Afreet N (Trace Tetrick) and Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) earned the final two checks in the $24,000 affair. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own Windsong Leo, whose lifetime earnings now stand at $663,505 with 56 wins in 122 trips to post. A trio of final preliminary legs in the George Williams Memorial Series were also contested. Winners of the final $15,000 tune ups were E Mode's Desire (Mike Peterson, 1:51.3, $18.00), Gold Digger King (Miller, 1:53.3, $3.00) and Loutenant (Shawn Barker II, 1:53, $23.40). E Mode's Desire, benefitting from an extremely quick :25.3 opening split, rallied from near the back of the pack to catch Gunrneedabgrboat A (Macomber Jr.) and Colition (John DeLong) in the closing strides. Gold Digger King just nipped Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater) with Motor City Man (Page) a close up third. Loutenant upset Peter Dalt (Macomber Jr.) and heavily favored Dashing To Da Wire (Miller) in the final division. Championship finalists in all nine of the "Lebanon Legends" late closers during the annual Miami Valley meet are determined by series earnings. Those who will vie for the championship in the $27,500 final, in order of earnings, are Gold Digger King, Diesel Accelerator, Loutenant, Dashing To Da Wire, E Mode's Desire, Gunrneedabgrboat A, Peter Dalt, A Stud Named Sue and Unlikeanyother. Friday Night Blues would get into the final if any of the top nine earners fail to declare. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the top of the harness racing trotting ranks at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (March 3) afternoon, winning the $24,000 Open in 1:54.4. It was the third win in the weekly feature from eight starts, increasing the son of Pinetucky's seasonal earnings to $55,550 in two months work. Chris Page had the hot hands among the drivers, scoring six victories. With Majestic Player absent from the field this week after three consecutive triumphs, the contest was wonton for a new winner. When Black Mamba AS made a break trying to leave from an outer post, the remainder of the contestants settled in program order early. Leaving from the rail, Tetrick and Sweet Mr Pinetucky took command and remained in charge throughout the mile. After coasting through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26, the winning Lester Raber trainee had enough left in the tank to kick home in :28.4 and win comfortably. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) proved next best, while Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) garnered the show dough. A pair of $15,000 second leg divisions in the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series were also contested to determine the finalists for next Tuesday's $25,000 championship tilt. Driver Chris Page swept both splits in identical 1:57.2 clockings. Feel Invincible AS captured the first division by topping Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) and Serene Hall (Tetrick). The 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall, trained by Anette Lorentzon, was the only nominee to win in both preliminary legs. Just A Passenger, who skipped the first leg, made the most of his series debut by handily downing Quick N Balanced (Tetrick) and B Threeseven (Beatty). The 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The top ten money winners in the Paver Memorial preliminaries were Feel Invincible AS, B Threeseven, Just A Passenger, Serene Hall, Quick N Balanced, Mary Mag Delene, Forget It Im Crazy, The Rave, Stonebridge Symba and Wrapped In Rubies. For Chris Page, the Paver Memorial wins were just two of six visits to the winner's circle on the day, following a five-win night at Northfield Park on Monday. His other victories were with Midnight Gambol (1:56.3, $12.80), Ilooklikeanallstar (1:57.1, $10.80), Sports Lightning (1:55.1, $22.80) and Mykindachip (1:52.3, $21.60). The 36-year-old blue-and-white clad reinsman is a solid third in the Miami Valley dash derby with 57 wins, trailing only Brett Miller and Trace Tetrick who are waging a spirited back-and-forth battle for the No. 1 spot. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) eeked out a narrow harness racing victory in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Feb. 21), topping longshot Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and favorite Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) in a photo finish. Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) was quickest off the starting car, but finally relinquished to Checks On The Way just past the :26.4 opening quarter mile. After a single file :29 second quarter breather, the best 'girls' in the region got serious and by the 1:24.1 third station were double tiered from front to back. Rosemary Rose was leading the charge on the outside with Diamondtequilashot in tow. When those two outer flow combatants fanned three wide at the top of the lane and fierce and exciting battle ensued all the way down the stretch. Rosemary Rose reached the wire first in 1:52.3 with the other pair lapped on and earning an identical clocking. The winner paid $7; the exacta returned a healthy $78.80; and the 500-cent trifecta was worth $252.69. The feature race triumph was one of three on the program for the Chris Page-Ron Burke driver-trainer tandem. They also scored with GD Western Joe (1:51.1, $2.60) in a $14,000 condition pace and Rockin Zoe (1:55, $11.40) in a non-winners of six races condition/claiming event. Page added a fourth tally with Sports Lightning (1:57.2, $29) in a $5000 claimer for Rob Zink Racing and Strike Point Racing LLC. Tetrick bettered Page's 'grand slam' by adding "one for the thumb." Trace's winners were Treacherous Beach (1:58, $16.20), Cantescapemydesire (1:54, $4.80), Scarlet V (1:55.2, $4.20), Tickle My Fancy (1:56, $9) and Debt Motivated (1:52.3, $4.20). With his handful of winners, Tetrick extended his meet leading total to 69 with a six win margin over current runnerup Brett Miller. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 22) when the feature will be the $25,000 championship leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley at a distance of 1-1/4 miles. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Party At The Banks (Chris Page) and Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers), a pair of classy mares sitting at the rear of a field of the Midwest's best geldings in Tuesday's (Jan. 28) $24,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway, got serious as they approached the :56.4 halfway juncture. They swept past their male counterparts in the second half-mile and finished one-two in the feature race, clocked in 1:55.2. Page was content to ease his winning mare off the gate, landing last as the leaders tripped the initial beam in :27.1. Party At The Banks was pulled to the outside just before front stepping Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) reached the midway point in :56.4. Making steady progress during the third stanza, the 6-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K moved up to fourth in second over position at the 1:25.3 three quarters station with Peggy Sue in tow. The pair of mares still had a half dozen lengths to make up as they swung off the final turn but with the leader's strides shortening late in the mile they were able to accomplish the feat with a few steps still to go. Party At The Banks, the 2019 aged Ohio Sires Stakes champion, was making her third start of the 2020 season. Racing for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, she now sports 27 wins in 62 lifetime tries and a bankroll of $326,548. The final pair of Claim To Fame Series championships were also contested on Tuesday. Smash (John DeLong) lead Galyns Gift (Galliers) and M E Radar Girl (Miller) past the wire in 1:55.4 to be crowned queen of the $12,500 claiming mares. Owner Wilfong Racing LLC got the winner's share of the $22,500 purse. Peter Redder trains Smash, who returned $17.40 to her faithful in a mild upset. Legal Transfer (Jeremy Smith) copped the split for $8000 male claiming pacers, topping Beachboydesire (Tetrick) by a head with Colossal (Josh Sutton) just a half length back at the end of the 1:54.4 mile. Trainer Adam Short also owns the 11-year-old winner who has banked over a quarter million dollars in his career. Legal Transfer paid $5.60 to win. From Miami Valley Raceway

Hightstown, NJ -- Chris Page put together quite the superfecta in 2019. The 36-year-old harness racing driver piloted Ohio's Horse of the Year in 2-year-old male pacer Elver Hanover, notched career victory 5,000, increased his workload on the Grand Circuit, and got married. "It was the best year of my life, horse racing wise and in my personal life," Page said. "I was very happy with all of it." Page won more than 400 races for the seventh consecutive year in 2019 and nearly set a career high for purses despite taking off all but one day in December for his honeymoon. The Ohio resident visited the winner's circle 435 times and earned $5.94 million. Although his purses failed to eclipse his $6.19 million in 2018, his average earnings per start were better in 2019. In addition to driving Elver Hanover, who was undefeated in nine races, Page drove Ohio champion 2-year-old filly pacer Looksgoodinaromper and had occasional drives with 4-year-old Mission Accepted, who was named Ohio's best older trotter. All three horses were from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. "It was a very good year," Page said. "Honestly, I've got to thank the Burkes. They're the ones that made it possible. Between them and (trainer) Brian Brown, they've been very good to me. "Everything just came together. The good thing about 2019 going into 2020, those horses that were 2-year-olds are coming back as 3-year-olds here in Ohio for the stakes program. With a little luck, we'll have a great year this year too." Page drove Elver Hanover, by Yankee Cruiser out of Edra Hanover, in all but one of his nine races last season. Yannick Gingras was in the bike for the gelding's 1:48.3 world-record score in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. Page was back behind Elver Hanover the following week when he closed his season with a win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "It's tough to say anything is perfect, but how do you say that he's not? More importantly, the horse got put away on top," Page said. "Anytime in the year, the horse never was taking tired steps. He was always pacing forward late. And he is user friendly. That makes my job so much easier when you can do whatever you want with a horse. "I saw a picture of him the other day and he looks like a tank. He might have grown a little bit, in height and filled out, and he's always been a good-looking horse, anyway. It makes 2020 exciting driving horses like that." Page drove Looksgoodinaromper in all 12 of her races, winning five. She became the fastest 2-year-old filly pacer on a half-mile track with a 1:52.3 victory at Northfield in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes. "You can't forget about her," Page said. "I really liked her. I think she maybe got a little bit tired late in the year and we were drawing terrible. But she's a world-record-holder too." Page, who studied to be a veterinarian before turning his full attention to driving, got his first win in 2001 and topped 1,000 starts and 300 wins for the first time in 2009. With the exception of last season when he took his honeymoon break, he has been one of the five busiest drivers in North America on a regular basis. "Obviously, you have dreams; everybody dreams," Page said about his success. "But I kind of implemented a process and stuck to it. You've got to know a few people, but I believe in hard work. I put the work in, and I still do. Being there and trying to be cordial and respectful. These people, there are plenty of guys out there that they can choose to drive their horses. Sometimes, they might remember you for a simple hello. "That's kind of how I got started. I don't have family per se in the business. My parents didn't do it. I need every inch I can get. And timing. When I got started driving, we didn't have the slots here at the racetracks. Your Brett Millers, your Dave Millers, they went out east and it opened up some room for a young guy like myself to get started." Page likes to be as prepared as possible when he sits behind a horse. He also likes to help prepare a horse to maximize its potential. "I'm a program reader and nowadays with the replays, if I haven't driven a horse, I can type in his name and watch his last few races," Page said. "I do a lot of that; I watch replays quite a bit. It's like, Tom Brady watches film before he goes out and plays a game. You have to do your homework. I want to know as much as I can about the horse; what it can do and what it can't do. "The (young horses) I drive, the first few starts I kind of babysit them. I race them off a helmet and make sure they're pacing late. Once they get that figured out, then you can add another element. Most horses can leave or can learn to leave very easily. But on the flip side, not as many can race off the pace, do stuff like that, because they get hot. I really take pride in my work and really try to do best by the horse." Page was happy to take time off with his wife Brianna at the end of last year to enjoy a honeymoon, which included a week in the Bahamas and a week skiing in Michigan. The couple was married in September. "I never take time off," Page said. "I might take a day or two here or there, but not really any significant time since I started racing. She works in an orthodontist office. She works in the morning, I work at night, so to get to spend some time together is nice. Plus, it was Christmas time and we got to spend time with the families at Christmas. We just had a ball, really. It was the quickest month of my life." Was it difficult to adjust to not rushing around? "No, not at all," Page said. "I'm usually always looking at my watch because I have stuff to do, but for a whole month I didn't pay attention to the time. I kept telling myself I was on vacation and it didn't matter. My biggest chore was figuring out what to eat that day." A very good way to end a very good year. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Grove City, Ohio - Elver Hanover, the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year has been named the 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Elver Hanover, the son of Yankee Cruiser - Edra Hanover by The Panderosa won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby earning $363,450. A world champion by way of winning the first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace at Lexington in 1:48.3, Elver Hanover also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred at Hanover Shoe Farms, Elver Hanover's Ohio earnings ($288,600) was almost double of the next closest colt. Mickey Burke of Burke Racing Stable says the honor was well deserved "It is very rare that you see a horse go nine for nine, lead the state and set world records." "There is something special about Elver Hanover" says part-owner Jablonsky. "He's a gifted horse. He's very fast and good gaited. He really knows how to win and get the job done." Elver Hanover and his connections were honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA              

LEBANON, OH. - Following an outstanding 2019 harness racing season in Pennsylvania and along the East Coast, Windsong Leo crossed the border into Ohio on Saturday night (Jan. 18) to take on the Midwest's best pacers in Miami Valley's $25,000 Open I Pace. The result was another win, the 8-year-old's fourth straight and 17th in his last 31 starts. Driver Chris Page was aboard the even money favorite, who was assigned an outside post off three straight stellar triumphs in the top class at The Meadows. Unhurried early in the mile, Windsong Leo steadily advanced throughout the 1:53.2 score by collaring pacesetting Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) around the final bend and comfortably holding off the late rushes of Granite (Jeremy Smith) and Beyond Delight (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own the winner, a son of Jereme's Jet who lifetime bankroll has swelled to $608,960. The feature race win was one of five on the program for Page. A $20,000 Open II Pace was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) and I'm A Big Deal (Josh Sutton), also clocked in 1:53.2. J.D. Perrin trains the 6-year-old Dragon Again gelding who is owned by his wife Tessa Perrin and Eim Racing. He paid $17.20 to his backers. Three divisions of the second leg of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 male pacers also went postward, each for a purse of $22,500. Winners were Pet Shark (Trevor Smith, 1:55.4, $5.60), Hereittiz (Trace Tetrick, 1:55, $9.20) and Ponderingjacksfame (Chris Page, 1:55, $3.00). The three winners will be joined by the next six highest money winners in next Saturday's $32,500 championship leg of the series. Those remaining finalists are Winna Winna, Persistent Threat A, Monte Cristo, Ram N Desire, Cool Like That and JD's Macca Lodge. From Miami Valley Raceway

Grove City, Ohio - Ohio-bred Mission Accepted raced at 11 different tracks in two countries, winning five times on the way to being named 2019 Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Mission Accepted, the daughter of Manofmanymissions - Witty Girl by S J's Photo won three of her five Ohio races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Knox Services, David B. Wills and Weaver Bruscemi LLC earning $422,595. Mission Accepted scored his biggest win of the year in the $ 250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Mission Accepted was bred by Knox Services in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. "What a nice horse," said driver Chris Page. "I'm truly blessed to sit behind him. He does everything right." Page says it cool having an Ohio bred that can venture out on the Grand Circuit races. Mission Accepted will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Looksgoodinaromper rounded into form midway through the 2019 harness racing season as she won five straight starts on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association.  Looksgoodinaromper the daughter of Pet Rock - Don't Blame Her by Village Connection hit the board in eight of 12 races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $321,873. A world champion by way of winning the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park in 1:52.3, Looksgoodinaromper also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper also set a new stakes record in winning the first division of the Ohio Breeders Championship in August at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Chris Page says Looksgoodinaromper holds a special place in his heart, "I drove her mother Don't Blame Her. I loved her mother and Looksgoodinaromper is a lot like her." Page says she is a very nice filly that loves her work. Looksgoodinaromper will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - A quick look at the two-year-old harness racing resume of Elver Hanover shows why he was named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Elver Hanover, the son of Yankee Cruiser - Edra Hanover by The Panderosa won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby earning $363,450. A world champion by way of winning the first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace at Lexington in 1:48.3, Elver Hanover also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred at Hanover Shoe Farms, Elver Hanover's Ohio earnings ($288,600) was almost double of the next closest colt. Chris Page drove Elver Hanover to eight of the nine victories and says the colt just knows how to win "Elver Hanover is a true professional. He drives perfect and does everything you want." Page says Elver Hanover is one of the best two-year-olds he has ever driven. Elver Hanover will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information, click here. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Columbus, OH — The powerful one-two punch of trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page captured both Kaltenbach titles in 2019. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes events that season. Trainer Ron Burke captured his second Kaltenbach title in 2019, sending 98 youngsters postward in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes legs, championships and consolations. Burke’s impressive assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters earned $1,121,850 from 22 wins, 10 seconds and 12 third-place finishes. Burke had captured the 2014 Kaltenbach crown with $428,750 in OSS earnings and last year was runner-up to winning trainer Brian Brown with $953,150 earned from 78 starters with 11 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds in OSS competition. Chris Beaver, who was third in the OSS training standings in 2018 and captured the 2017 Kaltenbach title, finished second to Burke this season, with 79 starters who earned $899,550 from 15 wins, 12 seconds and 12 thirds. Steve Carter was third with a 6-9-5 record from 24 starters who earned $422,250, while Virgil Morgan Jr. and Jason McGinnis were tied in fourth with five winners each. Morgan’s charges earned $417,700 while McGinnis’ trainees earned $310,050. Of the 117 trainers who participated in OSS events in 2019, a full 18 scored earnings of $100,000 or higher, with 11 earning $200,000 or better and five who accumulated $300,000 or more in the series. Driver Chris Page (Conrad photo) Driver Chris Page captured the Kaltenbach title for the fourth time in six years. Page piloted 23 winners, nine second-place finishers and 11 third-place finishers to $1,085,100 in OSS earnings from 94 starters. North America’s leading reinsman, Aaron Merriman and Brett Miller, who returned to Ohio in 2019 after plying his wares on the East Coast for the past decade, tied for the bridesmaid role with 14 winners each among them. Merriman edged out Miller in earnings, with the 94 horses he drove amassing $1,019,050 while Miller’s 82 steeds earned $850,750. Last year’s Kaltenbach king, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., garnered 11 triumphs and $669,800 in earnings from 89 starters, while Danny Noble ($587,050) and Tyler Smith ($481,650) notched seven winners each. Of the 54 drivers who participated in the 2019 OSS events, 47 garnered at least one purse check; 15 notched earnings of $100,000 or more; nine earned $200,000 or more; and six earned $400,000 or better. There were 19 drivers whose OSS purse checks totaled between $10,000 and $100,000, while 13 amassed $10,000 or less. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies. In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan Jr., has captured the title six times. Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories — Sam “Chip” Noble III and Dave Rankin. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

DAYTON, OH. - Always one with a flair for the dramatic, driver Chris Page captured his 5,000th career  harness racing triumph on Saturday night (Nov. 30) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with a 1:51.4 come-from-behind score over a sloppy track in the featured $17,500 Open Pace.   Behind by three lengths at the head of the lane, Page rallied 11-1 longshot Threeofthebest A to a nose advantage in the final stride over 4-5 favorite I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller), who was seeking his second straight success from an assigned outside post position.   Three foes sped three-wide around the first turn, resulting in Fourboltmane (Mike Oosting) forcing Missile J (Jeremy Smith) and I'm A Big Deal to take a temporary seat as they tripped the initial timer in an eye-popping :25.3. When the field reached the :54 half, I'm A Big Deal was back out and moving from third with Page and Threeofthebest A in tow in the outer flow.   At the 1:22.2 three quarter station, I'm A Big Deal had cleared back to the front and was looking strong, while Page and his charge were left uncovered and losing ground around the final bend. Page was joined in the stretch drive by Eddard Hanover (Josh Sutton) and the two of them gradually closed the open lengths gap as the wire loomed ahead. It wasn't until the photo finish picture was evaluated that it was decided Threeofthebest A had pulled the upset, giving Page his milestone victory. On his last night of racing in 2019, Page had suffered through an uncharacteristic bad night and was winless through ten tries before delighting his fans with the feature race win in the eleventh. Page, who turned 36 ten days ago and was married in late September, had planned a month-long honeymoon respite that will take he and wife Brianna to the Bahamas for a week, snow skiing in Traverse City, Michigan for a week, and then heading west to visit Yellowstone National Park. "I've never taken a break," smiled a mud-covered Page following his memorable win, "so I'm looking forward to a little time off before returning for the Miami Valley Raceway meet in January." Chris began driving in 2000 at the age of 17, going winless in nine starts and earning $489 in purses at Ohio county fairs. Following another five years of honing his skills, his career took off in 2006 when he scored 85 victories. He has won over 100 each of the last 13 years, including winning over 400 in each of the last seven seasons. Page's 5000 victories have come from 29,041 starts in which he has accumulated over $41 million in purse earnings. Although Page was able to overtake Brett Miller in the Open, not all was lost for Miller. Dayton's leading dash winner had already scored six wins on the night, and added a seventh and eighth win later. "Super Brett," a moniker bestowed on the purple and white clad reinsman by announcer Barry Vicroy, has a commanding lead in the local dash derby with 117 tallies through 59 race dates.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Lima, OH - World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) has been retired from harness racing and will stand for stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2020 breeding season. A perennial iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings while copping his 11th victory of 2019. "He's the best blue collar horse I've ever driven," exclaimed driver Chris Page. "He shows up every single week and gives you everything he's got every time out!" Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono in May with Tyler Buter driving. He returned six weeks later to win the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. As of late, Dancin Yankee has been owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson and Larry Karr. "Dancin Yankee has been the perfect horse on the racetrack and he checks all the boxes as a stallion. Correct, versatile, handles any sized track and can race any way you want. He is from an outstanding family, is a double millionaire, and is tough, durable and classy." noted prominent owner Mark Weaver. "We expect him to pass on all of those traits to his offspring and feel that Ohio is the perfect place for him as it's quickly becoming the most lucrative sire stakes program in the country. We look forward to fully supporting him in the breeding shed and at the yearling sales." He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. In fact, not only is his sire Yankee Cruiser p,3,1:49.3 ($1,150,123) the sire of the fastest 2-year-old pacer of all time, Elver Hanover p,2,1:48.3-'19 ($363,450), but he is also the sire of prominent Pennsylvania stallion Sweet Lou. The connections of Dancin Yankee have decided to send the horse to Kim and Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm to manage his stud career. "He is an outstanding individual," Randy said. "Big, strong and was a very fast and gritty racehorse. Dancin Yankee is also incredibly fertile. We look forward to offering him to breeders in the Buckeye State." Dancin Yankee will stand for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, with a limited number of lifetime breedings available for $6,000 (or $3,500 in 2020 and $3,000 payable in 2021). For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm

DAYTON, OH. - A pair of longshots, both invading from Indiana following the completion of the Harrah's Hoosier Park meet, flashed the most final quarter mile trot in Hollywood Dayton's weekly $17,500 Open Trot, lighting up the harness racing toteboard with boxcar payoffs. Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Chris Page) swept three wide around the final turn after getting away near the rear of the full field and kept his momentum going strong through the lane, reaching the wire in front in 1:54.2 at 25-1 odds. Tugboat Tuffy (Josh Sutton) raced closer to the leaders throughout before finding a late seam to finish second at 19-1. Favored Two O B Wonkenobi (Brett Miller) was used hard in the opening panel but raced gallantly on the point until fading to third in the stretch. Resultant payoffs were $57.20 to win; $773.20 for a correct 3-2 exacta; and $1,209.65 for a successful 50-cent trifecta. Sweet Mr Pinetucky raced seventh along the pylons before launching his winning bid down the backstretch. The son of Pinetucky looped all but one foe before reaching the three quarter mile marker, assumed command mid-stretch and held off all challenges from there. The five-year-old gelding is owned by trainer Lester Raber in partnership with Floyd Raber. It was the fourth seasonal triumph and raised his 2019 earnings to $63,920. Sweet Mr Pinetucky sports 18 victories in 99 lifetime tries and career earnings over $185,000. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway          

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Oct. 23) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mark McKelvie, Tony Alagna, Chris Page, and co-hosting will be Nick Barnsdale. Woodbine Mohawk Park Director of Communications, Mark McKelvie, will join the program to discuss the happenings at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Breeders Cornw this weekend which will features great promotions for fans on track and a plethora of wagering opportunities to swing at. Trainer Tony Alagna entered last Friday and Saturday with nine opportunities to make it to he Breeders Crown Final with eight of his contingent completing the quest. He joins to discuss each of the horses entered on Friday and Saturday night, and how they have trained leading up to the big weekend. Driver Chris Page heads to Canada to compete in the 2019 Breeders Crown with a multitude of opportunities for a victory. He will drive Mission Accepted in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, featuring French Triple Crown winner Bold Eagle. He will talk about what it is like to drive in such an event, and about each of his drives coming up on the weekend. Mike Bozich will be out this week, so correspondent Nick Barnsdale will join to co-host with Michael Carter. A reminder about the Breeders Crown live remote shows taking place on Friday and Saturday night. Friday the program will begin at 8:30 p.m. while the show will begin on Saturday at 8:00. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time    

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